Best Practice & Research in Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology vol:26 issue:2 pages:257-66
The most prevalent uterine tumours are leiomyomas, which are benign and have a prevalence of about 50% at menopause. The incidence of endometrial cancer and uterine sarcomas is about 25 per 100,000 and 0.7 per 100,000, respectively. Reported risk factors for endometrial cancer are advanced age, unopposed oestrogen stimulation, late menopause, obesity, diabetes mellitus, nulliparity, feminising ovarian tumours, polycystic ovarian syndrome, tamoxifen and belonging to a hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer family. Unopposed oestrogen stimulation and tamoxifen have also been confirmed to induce uterine sarcomas. Cervical cytology, endometrial sampling and ultrasound have been proposed in the early diagnosis of endometrial cancer. No pathognomonic ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging or computed tomography features are able to differentiate between a leiomyoma and a uterine sarcoma, and reliable serum markers for sarcomas are lacking. To date, mass screening for uterine malignancies is not feasible or effective.